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Kim Dae-jung inspired millions: Ban Ki-moon

world Updated: Aug 19, 2009 09:28 IST

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Paying tribute to former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said the Korean leader inspired millions with his unswerving commitment to the reunification of the North and the South.

"The Secretary General pays tribute to Kim Dae-jung's noble life of dedication to the goals of peace, democracy and prosperity on the Korean peninsula," a UN statement said.

"The Secretary General is filled with great sorrow and a sense of personal loss at the death of Kim Dae-jung, former President of the Republic of Korea and Nobel Peace Laureate," the statement said.

Ban expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Kim Dae-jung, as well as to the people of the Republic of Korea.

Kim Dae-jung was a great son of the Korean nation and a compassionate champion of human rights and democracy, the UN Secretary General said.